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  • Take a visit to One Magical City!

    Malcolm Hindle

    Christmas is a magical time, so where better to spend a couple of days in the run-up to the big day than in one magical city.

    It’s Liverpool, of course, where this year festive offerings galore will surely put you under its spell.

    The allure of this great maritime city is special at any time of the year but when the ’pool puts on its winter coat and gears up for Christmas, the city has an even more, yes, magical aura.

    Liverpool is simply sparkling with yuletide merriment right now.

    There’s no shortage of great hotels to stay in Liverpool - the four-star Pullman Hotel being one of them. Opened just two years ago the Pullman is in an enviable location at the Kings Dock, Monarch's Quay. It was built to complement the impressive and huge exhibition centre which is literally right next door and opposite the equally impressive arena and conference centre. The hotel is also home to Marco Pierre White’s latest Liverpool food offering Wheeler’s of St James’s.

    The Pullman sits just a short stroll from the Albert Dock and its many attractions, two of which are the Beatles Story and Tate Liverpool.

    And while it may be Christmas outside, a trip to both are welcome distractions from the many wonderful festive feasts that await visitors to the city.

    The award-winning Beatles Story is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Fab Four and takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture and music of The Beatles.

    Tate Liverpool is a magnet for culture vultures and on display right now until June next year is an exhibition of the work of one of the most important figures of the pop art movement - Roy Lichtenstein. Also on at present, until March 2018, is an exhibition of the work of John Piper and his contribution to modern art in Britain.

    All that culture can make you hungry but Liverpool boasts lots of wonderful places to wine and dine. Try lunch at Viva Brazil on Castle Street; or how about dinner at Pan Am? Pan Am is a contemporary bar and restaurant, located in the Grade 1 listed Britannia Pavilion on the Albert Dock with fabulous views towards Liverpool’s Three Graces.

    While back at the Pullman, Marco Pierre White’s new restaurant, credited with being the ‘world’s oldest and finest fish brand’ but with a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes to appeal to all tastes is definitely worth venturing to.

    Fancy afternoon tea to rest those weary legs as you go about your Christmas shopping? Then the recently opened Patisserie Valerie inside Debenhams at Liverpool One could be just the treat.

    One Magical City aims to attract Christmas shoppers to Liverpool and there’s no shortage of festive things to do.

    Liverpool One is a top destination all year round but takes on an even more special appeal when it puts on its Christmas glitter. But all that gift gathering can give you a thirst. Not to worry, satisfy it with a seasonal cocktail or a festive tipple or two at Bar Hutte which is beneath the UK’s biggest Christmas tree at Liverpool One.

    Or, if you want to take a little time out from all that festive shopping, then why not allow yourself a little ‘you’ time and head for Harvey Nichol’s Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool One where you can treat yourself to a special pamper session and banish any of those winter blues you may be feeling.

    Liverpool is a festive delight this Christmas and really does live up to its One Magical City billing. There’s even a brilliant Ice Festival at the Pier Head complete with huge ice slide, ice bar, rides and a Christmas market.

    And you can get your skates on at the huge covered ice rink with the stunning Three Graces as a backdrop - how’s that for magic!

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